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Hockey Is Still Foreign To People

from Bob Foltman of the Chicago Tribune,
Now, one of the most interesting aspects of the Stanley Cup Finals and something that I missed dearly Monday is the press conference with Commissioner Gary Bettman before Game 1. This usually becomes "cup overflowing vs. cup bone dry." First of all, the ratings are not going to be good--unless of course there is a terrific thunderstorm stretching from one coast to another, forcing people to sit inside, knocking out the cable and satellite service and leaving just NBC available. Then maybe, just maybe, the ratings will be poor instead of wretched. The reason many give for low ratings--aside from the fact that Americans hate hockey and it's all Bettman's fault, as if the sport were turning away people because of its popularity before--is small-market teams in Carolina and Edmonton. That's true, but not because of the reasons many think.
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